I fear for LGBT Ugandans. 😦
ENTEBBE, Uganda (AP) — Uganda’s president on Monday signed a controversial anti-gay bill that has harsh penalties for homosexual sex, saying the bill is necessary because “arrogant and careless Western groups” had tried to “recruit” Ugandan children into homosexuality.
President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill at his official residence in an event witnessed by government officials, journalists and a team of Ugandan scientists whose report —which found that there is no genetic basis for homosexuality — Museveni has cited as his reason for backing the bill.
“We Africans never seek to impose our view on others. If only they could let us alone,” he said, talking of Western pressure not to sign the bill.
President Yoweri Museveni certainly seems to have his priorities right even if there’s some confusion about what must be done and when. We all need to protect children from the horrors of sexual abuse, whether we’re homosexual OR heterosexual.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has told a group of visiting U.S. human rights activists that he planned to formally reject the country’s “Anti-Homosexuality Bill,” but would seek to introduce new legislation targeting adults who coerce youth into sexual activity.
Museveni had created confusion by harshly denouncing the bill in a letter dated Dec. 28 without technically rejecting it. But according to the U.S. based Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, which met with Museveni on Saturday, Museveni pledged to take formal action before the deadline set by the Ugandan constitution for legislation to take effect once passed by parliament, which the law did on Dec. 20. Yet confusion remains: Museveni’s comments indicated it was not entirely clear when the clock for him to act had started ticking — or whether it has even begun.